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A Question, Maybe a Dumb question

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    Is there a type of Dendrobium with terete leaves? If there is, can anyone tell me what are they called?

    I am asking this question, because during my last visit to my parents a couple of months ago, I saw this cane type of orchid (canes about 4-5 inches long) with terete leaves. The owner couldn't tell me what kind of orchid it is, "just orchid". She was growing it on a tree log in front of her house under full tropical sun. I didn't have a camera so I wasn't able to take photo, the plant was not in bloom at that time.

    I know there is a vanda with terete leaves, and what I saw was deffinitely not a vanda teres.

    Thanks for any info.

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    I think I found it. Den junceum.

    Strange, I spent over a month googling, couldn't find it, posted the dumb question on this forum, go back to google and Bang! there it is, right in front of my flat nose .

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    Tanya, sorry--I missed this thread.

    The only type of terrete-leaf Dendrobium species I know of besides junceum is Dendrobium wassellii and racemossum, but there may be quite a few others. Both of those are from Australia. When they bloom, they put out inflorescences with very thin-petalled, white, spidery-shaped flowers, and the leaves are pretty short and stocky looking. wassellii is also called Dockrillia wassellii, so you might do a google search on any of those and see if pics come up that look like the plant you saw. Almost all terrete-leaved orchids need full, direct sun, so she was definitely growing it in the right place!

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    During my google search, Ive come upon Dockrilla and some other species from Australia. But the woman can't afford imported orchids, so it has to be local (Philippines) species. I am now pretty sure its Den junceum because of the swollen pbs. Thanks, Louis.

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